Monday, March 29, 2010

Easter towels for Moms

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These towels are the next installment of the holiday towels I'm stitching for our moms as part of their Christmas'09 present.

The applique Easter egg is from Nobbie Neez Kids, however instead of stitching the wavy green line that is in the original design, I tacked down a row of rick rack. I thought it turned out pretty cute!


When I'm all done with the set, I'll have one of them take a group shot. For now I'll just include links to the previous towels:
Christmas towel
Valentine's Day towel
St. Patrick's Day towel

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Opening Day: Third Time's a Charm, or Three Strikes-You're Out??

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The last two years I have stitched shirts for Debby's grandkids to wear on Opening Day of baseball season (2008, 2009). It's that time of year again!
This year Daisha and Kelli requested black shirts for everyone with orange and white stitching (in honor of the Orioles).

The baseball monograms are from Five Star Fonts.




We are already in negotiations for a design overhaul for next year... hopefully this isn't a case of "three strikes and you're out!" :)

Stay tuned, I'm sure Daisha and Kelli will post new pictures of their adorable baseball fans on my Facebook page at the beginning of April. Become a fan now if you aren't already!
Update: Pictures are now on Facebook!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Proud Mom!

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It is Spirit Week again at Annaliese's school. I'll be volunteering on field day, which is also School Spirit day. I decided to stitch myself a little something to wear. :)

The applique design is from a set of owls at Embroidery Garden that I have admired for a long time. She had an amazing sale over the weekend, so I finally purchased them. This pair of owls is my favorite design of the whole set. I added the text with Embird Alphabet #14.

Here's a picture of me and my little owl from Field Day :)

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Proud of their Uncle!

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My brother recently graduated from the Marine Corps Bootcamp. In honor of that I made these outfits for my kids to show how proud they are of Uncle Brice!

Annaliese's dress was made following the T-shirt dress tutorial from Just Deanna. I took a navy t-shirt, chopped it off, did the embroidery work, then attached the skirt. I purchased the Marine material at Hobby Lobby (it can also be found online). The ruffle material was in my stash from the Bargello Flag quilt I made several years ago.

I used a roomy shirt and made the skirt long, so she should get to wear it for a couple years.

I used Embird Alphabet #7 for "Proud Niece of a" and Alphabet #16 for "US MARINE".

Annaliese's dress took me about 3 hours to make; Dashiell's outfit was done in about 15 minutes... embroidery on a onesie, khakis were already in his drawer. :)


Here are a couple close-up shots:


Brice heads out for infantry school this week, so please keep him in your prayers!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Lil' Slugger's First Birthday!

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Today is Jimmie's first birthday! Grandma Sue contacted me about making a first birthday shirt for him. I worked with his mommy Carla to come up with a design that coordinated with the party theme. They are big Royals baseball fans, so we started with a blue shirt and white stitching. They are using these party decorations:

So for the front of his shirt I tried to find a font that was a close match to the "Lil Slugger" text. We settled on Script 1 font from 8 Claws and a Paw.

We made the back to look like a jersey. The "1" is from the College Block font from 8 Claws and a Paw. I stitched his name with Embird Alphabet 2.

Seems like I was just stitching baby gift items for Jimmie... hard to believe he is already one!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Audrey's First Birthday A-line

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When Tracy saw Chloe's first birthday A-line dress, she knew Audrey had to have one when her time came. It's hard to believe that her first birthday was this weekend! Tracy bought the material and I got to work.
For the pink side we used a design to celebrate her new age:

The "1" is from Chubby Wubby Applique Numbers from GG Designs, and the font is Candi from 8 Claws and a Paw.

The brown side features her three-letter monogram:

I used the Empire font from Embroidery Arts. I love this monogram, and Audrey's initials are especially pretty!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Baby Gift for Auburn Fans

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Auburn Alumni friends of ours are expecting a baby boy, so I made a couple orange and blue items for them!

This little ribbon blankie has a cute applique tiger from Embroidery Library. I added "Lil' Auburn Tiger" with Embird Alphabet #8.

The back is super-soft orange minkee!

For his bib I used the applique S from Embroidery Boutique's Fun Applique Alphabet, and the Whoa Nelly font from 8 Claws and a Paw for "Sawyer".

Gifts for Baby Boys

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Susan requested items for a couple baby showers she attended on Friday.
One mom-to-be of a little boy got this adorable tie onesie (the applique design is from GG Designs).

The Burkheads are also expecting a baby boy, so Susan wanted a tie onesie for him, as well as a monogrammed burp cloth.

They weren't certain of the first name at the time, so we went with his last initial. The "B" is from Embroidery Boutique's Fun Applique Alphabet.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Monogramming for Kaitlyn

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Kaitlyn is a blessed little girl -- she has a grandma who sews for her! Momma Marcy asked if I could add her monogram and name to a couple items, like I did for her first birthday dress and some other baby items.
Grandma made this beautiful eyelet dress; my photo does NOT do it justice! Marcy wanted Kaitlyn's three-letter monogram added to it using the Empire Monogram Font from Embroidery Arts. It's always a little nerve-wracking to stitch on an item I can't replace... :)

Kaitlyn will get to visit Disney next week. Grandma and Mommy already collaborated on this shirt to add the mouse head and trim -- I simply stitched her name, using the Walt font from 8 Claws and a Paw.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Monogramming for Bella

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Liz asked me to monogram these two tank tops for her daughter Bella:

For the lavender tank top Liz selected the Smiles font from 8 Claws and a Paw.

For the pink tank top she picked Embird Alphabet #11. The letter is wide enough in some spots that satin stitches wouldn't work well. I selected the "strips" pattern for the fill stitch and really like the way it looks, especially on a ribbed knit!

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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I finally got around to stitching Annaliese's St. Patrick's Day shirt last night!

I bought the t-shirt in the fall on clearance for $2. When I stitched my SIL's holiday placemats for Christmas, I knew then what I was going to put on Annaliese's shirt -- the design was already done because she and Amy have the same monogram! So why did I wait until March 10th to get this done??? Believe it or not, it was a fabric issue. NONE of the green fabrics in my stash matched this shirt. It has a touch of jade, and most of my fabrics have a hint of lime, and they just clashed or didn't have enough contrast. Yesterday I bought this fabric. Still not sure it's a great match, but Annaliese loves it, so that's what's important. AND the shirt is a size 7/8, so she should be able to wear it next year, too!
I used Embroidery Boutique's Shamrock Applique, and inserted her monogram using the Chez font from 8 Paws and a Claw.

(Oh, and if anyone is curious, I'm not stitching anything for Dashiell for St. Patrick's Day, and I don't feel bad about it. I don't have a cheap white or green blank laying around. But if I did, it would say something like "A Wee Bit Irish" - their great-great-grandfather came to the States from Ireland, so that would make my kids at least 1/16th Irish, right??)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Monogrammed Dresses

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When Valerie ordered the spring dresses for her girls, she also ordered these Double Lettuce Edge Empire Short Sleeve Dresses from Dharma Trading.

We spent quite a bit of time looking through fonts to create these monograms. You'd think it would be easy, but J's and T's are weird -- if they look like J's and T's, they are boring, and if they are pretty, you can't tell what letters you are looking at. J's often look like I's, T's often look like J's... so annoying. Trust me, I know. I share the three same letters in my monogram as these girls, and I rarely stitch anything for myself because I can't find fonts I like. But these turned out pretty cute and I'll have to remember it for myself someday! We settled on the Carrington font from 8 Paws and a Claw:

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Burp cloth

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Michelle asked for a burp cloth for a new baby boy. When I saw one of the items on the baby registry, I immediately thought of Lynnie Pinnie's applique elephant. I did my best to pick colors to match that crib sheet. I used Whoa Nelly from 8 Claws and a Paw for "Colin".

Sunday, March 7, 2010

My Real Live Groovy Girl!

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Annaliese has several Groovy Girls. One day last summer she made it her goal to dress up like one of them. Later in the fall I discovered there was one named Analise! I ordered it for her for Christmas, and my plan was to make a matching outfit for her. I gathered all my supplies, but ran out of time to have it wrapped under the tree. While home for Christmas my mom helped with the shirt, and this weekend I FINALLY embellished the matching capris. Annaliese is so excited to match her doll!

My mom helped a lot on the shirt. Ummmm... actually she did all the real work. :) I bought a t-shirt at Goodwill for $1, the zebra fabric and sequins material were already in my stash. Mom modified the neckline and added the material for me. The purple clip-on hair is from Claire's.

That was completed in December. My job was to recreate Analise's capris when I got home. Ten weeks later... The main reason it took so long is because I wanted to digitize the design on Analise's pant leg. Even though that would take time, I knew it would be faster than searching for a pre-existing embroidery design that would be close enough. This weekend I finally made the time to digitize it. This is the design on the pants of the Analise doll...

... and this is the applique design I digitized to match! WOO-HOO! I'm so proud of myself!

The curves could be smoother, but for my 5 year old's costume, it's good enough! I learned a lot in the process and really enjoyed doing it.
So to actually complete Annaliese's capris, I took a pair of pants that were in my stash from what Kathy sent us a couple years ago, chopped them off, added the embroidery design, and stitched strips of the sequins material around the edge.

Thankfully the Analise Groovy Girl came barefoot so I didn't have to go find and purchase matching shoes. As it stands, the purple hair was the most expensive part of this costume! :)

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